Fer­rari: king of cars

For 70 years, Fer­rari has been mak­ing some of the most ex­pen­sive cars in the world.

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In 1947, the first Fer­rari car, called the 125 S, came tear­ing off the pro­duc­tion line. De­signed by rac­ing driver Enzo Fer­rari, the ve­hi­cle was un­like any­thing seen be­fore. Italy, where the Fer­rari was de­signed and built, suf­fered ter­ri­bly dur­ing the Sec­ond World War, which lasted from 1939 to 1945. Enzo Fer­rari’s fac­tory was bombed twice, but just two years af­ter the end of the war, the Fer­rari 125 S was re­vealed.

As a young­ster, Enzo had dreamed of be­com­ing an opera singer. In­stead, he be­came a rac­ing driver, and this ex­pe­ri­ence in­spired him to de­sign the per­fect ve­hi­cle; one that would not only hold its own

on the race­track, but also per­form beau­ti­fully on pub­lic roads. Fer­rari cars have be­come world fa­mous, and peo­ple all over the globe dream of driv­ing one. Now, to mark the 70th an­niver­sary of the first leg­endary ve­hi­cle, the De­sign Mu­seum in Lon­don is ex­plor­ing the com­pany’s his­tory in a new ex­hi­bi­tion,

Fer­rari: Un­der the Skin. The mu­seum is show­ing some of Fer­rari’s most fa­mous cars, so ev­ery­one who vis­its can get a peep un­der the bon­net.

The ex­hi­bi­tion tells the com­pany’s story, from its early days through to the present. Along the way, it also ex­plores the his­tory of Fer­rari’s highly-suc­cess­ful For­mula 1 rac­ing team. There are Fer­rari ve­hi­cles worth a to­tal of £140 mil­lion on dis­play, in­clud­ing a per­fect replica of the very first car the com­pany ever made. Vis­i­tors will also be able to see orig­i­nal de­signs, and suits and hel­mets be­long­ing to some of the great­est ever rac­ing driv­ers.

Fer­rari: Un­der the Skin gives a unique and in­spi­ra­tional look at one of the world’s best known and most ex­cit­ing car man­u­fac­tur­ers.

The ex­hi­bi­tion opens on 14 Novem­ber, and will run un­til 15 April 2018. For more in­for­ma­tion, check out tinyurl.com/TWJ-fer­rari

Staff work­ing on a rac­ing car’s

en­gine.

The LaFer­rari in pro­duc­tion. One was sold for more than

£5.7 mil­lion last year.

The 1984 ver­sion of the

clas­sic GTO.

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